Edie Horngold logged the first time in Second Life on 31 July 2009.
Edie is often inspired by music.
The music expands her mind and helps her to open heart. As she said, a lot of the titles for her work come from songs.
Edie likes creating strong visual simplicity.
She is always very self-critical, strongly focused on quality, moved with a line from Leonard Cohen,
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”- she works on perfection in her artworks.
In our interview she open up to the question about art work that impressed her very deeply.
Reading that passage I could imagine the little girl in an age of seven years, sitting on a Sunday morning in the kitchen table watching a picture in New York Times magazine, and get overwhelmed at this unique moment with awaken emotion.
For Edie art is all about the emotion that can be rendered through color, light, and composition.
She appreciates the creativity process, and what ever she does, it got to be even in the small details for the sake of quality, and consistency.
Edie Horngold is a great Lady, with wonderful spirit, with a big smile on her face, an art worker that inspires, someone who gives a hearty warm feeling and someone who touches souls with her art.
Your life without art would be …
Edie: Life without art would be much more boring that’s for sure.!
I look at “art” online almost every day … whether photographers, painters, graphic artists, and listen to lots, and lots of MUSIC at home.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Edie: Honestly, I use music for inspiration. Music actually expands my mind. And I’m one of those crazy people that gets hooked on a song … can listen to something over and over because it helps open my heart, and mind. Sounds cliche, but it’s true for me. In fact, a lot of the titles for my work come from songs.
What is your work about?
Edie: My work is about using a single focus. I like creating strong visual simplicity.
How is the artistic process like there? Do you see an object / person / landscape first and then the idea comes up? Or is it upside down?
Edie: I am completely upside down, and sideways. My point of departure could be anything … a pose, idea, lighting, but what helps me most is to have a very loose focus, which can lead me anywhere.
Edie: This photo is RUBBISH … try it again (and again and again and again)
Seriously, I often remind myself of a line from Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Currently, the best place for you in SL?
Edie: I’m a bit of a recluse in SL
I spend a lot of time on my platform if working, and if not, I’m following DJ’s around the grid or sometimes visiting galleries.
A question that moves you right now …
Edie: Where the HECK are my eyeglasses!!??
Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
Edie: What comes to mind is the first time I fell in love with a painting. I was around 7 years old. It was a Sunday morning, and on the kitchen table was the New York Times magazine section of the newspaper. On the front cover was a painting called, Early Sunday Morning, by Edward Hopper. (it hangs in the Whitney Museum in NYC) I actually recall running my hand over the picture. I just was so taken by it, not knowing why, it just gave me a “feeling”.
At the time, being so young, I didn’t know who Edward Hopper was, but later on in life learned of him, and his work.
Of all the artists I am very familiar with, his work has always impressed me. I studied his use of light, felt the beauty in his lonely depictions of people, places and things. He creates small poetic worlds for me behind his images. Because of him, I began to appreciate, and notice how light can evoke emotion, seeing the world through his eyes in a way, like I did on that Sunday morning.
What is art for you – now completely independent of the usual definitions?
Edie: Art for me, is all about the emotion that can be rendered through color, light, and composition … the “feel” behind a piece. It’s an internal reaction. Sometimes, it not a particular emotion, but the way I might gasp when seeing something that inexplicably moves me. This is true for me no matter what the medium … painting, photography, music.
Was there a key experience or has the artist profession always been your dearest wish?
Edie: I wished I could do many things! I say this laughingly, but as a young person (like many young folk), my fantasies had always included fame in some way. Singer, or writer, being the number ones, and being the first to visit the sun (the moon was already done, lol) I used my imagination all the time.
Do I think I have a creative soul? Yes, not because I think of myself as an artist, but because I appreciate the process, using my creativity in different ways, least of which are the visual arts.
What drives you?
Edie: Strong coffee, and good music.
Do you feel understood with your art?
Edie: Honestly, I haven’t a clue. All I know is when I do something, I have to know that I have done my best quality, and is internally satisfying to me. If others feel some sense of satisfaction when looking at my work, then that would be the best compliment, whether it was understood or not, from my internal perspective.
In other words, feeling something over an intellectual understanding is what’s most important to me. I honestly don’t think or intellectualize that much when I work except in the small details for the sake of quality, and consistency.
Do you think that you can make a difference with your art?
Edie: Not at all.
If it brings a smile, or some other reaction, I would be happy with that…
Do you think that everyone is an artist?
Edie: I think everyone can tap into their creativity, whatever that might look like in an individual. Could be visual arts, music, writing, appreciating and using humor, the way one thinks about things, the list is endless for creative expression. This does not make everyone an artist, but it’s a component.
Do you have any role models? If yes, which?
Edie: Ina Garten ( Barefoot Contessa), and Pema Chodron are my role models. Both for very different reasons.
What does the term art mean to you?
Edie: Something that is created with imagination and/or skill, and expresses ideas or feelings. It’s a hard question to answer for me because with this being said, it’s also subjective.
Art, and creativity are different, and in my opinion, not mutually exclusive.
Are there any topics that you are particularly interested in implementing?
Edie: I haven’t a clue about future photo topics yet, although I’ve been playing around with Still Life compositions … BUT I would like to know how to have a perfect body here in SL LOL
What is your strength?
Edie: I think my strength is also my curse … addicted to perfection
What was the best advice you have ever received in SL?
Edie: The best advice was how to get rid of UGLY … learning the Derender Tool.
“I’m an old cartoon … 4,243 days old.
Originally came for the music (RL brother was once a performer here) but stayed for the SHOES.“